Most Mexicans want U.S. to take a bigger role in fighting violence, poll finds

The Dallas Morning News, 5/13/12

Weary of the drug-stoked violence that has swept their country and buffeted the Texas border, more than half of Mexicans want the U.S. to take a more direct role here in battling organized crime. Some even support deployment of U.S. troops and drug agents into Mexico, where more than 50,000 people have died in drug violence since 2006.

Those are the main findings to emerge from a new poll of Mexicans, who appear poised to again embrace the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which they turned out of office 12 years ago after more than seven decades in power. The poll, conducted for The Dallas Morning News, its Spanish-language publication Al Día and the Mexican newspaper El Universal, found voters were not only ready to reverse course politically but also to ease up on old suspicions of their northern neighbor.

“That’s a little shocking given the history between the United States and Mexico,” said Eric Olson, a security expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. “But the political reality is none of the politicians, particularly presidential candidates, will stand up and ask for more U.S. involvement. “

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